Happy National Science Week: Celebrating science & technology!

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology.

Running each year in August, it features more than 1000 events around Australia, including those delivered by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres.

These events attract a wide audience from children to adults, and science amateurs to professionals. Over one million people participate in science events across the nation.

In 2020, National Science Week has to be held in a different way, with travel restrictions and physical distancing requirements now in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The team at National Science Week believe that this year, more than any other, it is important to recognise the work done on our behalf by scientists, medical researchers, and health professionals, as well as the meteorologists, bushfire propagation mathematicians and others who helped the fire fighting authorities to combat the recent devastating bushfires.

Live events will be held online, and many activities will be able to be done at home by adults, children and family groups.

The school theme of National Science Week 2020 is Deep Blue: innovations for the future of our oceans and features the establishment of the Blue Economy CRC.

With this in mind, the theme embraces the innovative technologies, capabilities and skills needed to achieve economic, environmental and social sustainability of our oceans. It features insights and inquiries into workable solutions that generate healthy oceans, healthy economies and healthy communities.*

The team at National Science Week have put together an amazing Teaching Resources Book, packed with lesson plans, case studies, activity ideas and links to resources for students from Foundation through to Year 10. Click on the link below to Discover more!

*Retrieved from nationalscienceweek.net.au

National Science Week School Resources

What are UNE Discovery doing for Science Week?

In celebration of National Science week, we have aimed to create unexpected moments of science, delight and surprise related to the National Science Week theme of “Deep Blue: innovations for the future of our oceans” and other science concepts across Armidale city and our local UNE campus. These murals and installations can be viewed on our social media channels.

If you’re in the New England area, and discover any of our Science Week installations, use the hashtag #scienceweek #DiscoveratUNE to show us what you have found!

What about our friends outside the New England area?

We’re so glad you asked. You see, every week is Science Week here at Discovery! Head to our resources page where you will find Science Play videos, Natural History Museum explorations, Citizen Science projects and links to our Friends and Partners, who are also doing amazing Science Week activities!


UNE Discovery Facebook Page - Explore our local science week activities.